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Junior Dragster


The Junior Dragster program is designed to allow racers between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to race against their peers in near-replica models of the cars that the pros drive. 

They compete at the local track level and selected divisional events as well as at the Summit Team Finals and at individual Junior-only Team Finals events. These events are contested on an eighth-mile format on an E.T. dial, your own format or a pre-set index on a heads-up breakout basis.  

With four levels of Junior Dragster licensing, it makes this class a great starting point for competitors to learn the basics of drag racing while promoting family fun.

The ELITE license will be exclusive to drivers ages 16-17 with elapsed time restrictions between 7.50 and 7.90 seconds and speeds up to 90 mph. ELITE license holders that dial between 7.50 and 7.89 must have vehicles meeting all the requirements for Master’s level licensing in addition to the following safety measure:
•The chassis must be constructed of chromoly tubing and incorporate helmet bars with SFI 45.1 or 45.2 padding on the roll cage.   Roll Bar Padding is available at Summit Racing HERE 
junior helmet bar
•All competitors must utilize an SFI 38.1 head and neck restraint system.  Available at Summit Racing HERE
•All ELITE license holders dialing quicker than 7.90 must have a rear wing.  Available at Halfscale Dragsters HERE 
•A driver MUST HAVE a valid state driver’s license in addition to making the required passes prior to being issued an ELITE license.
An official with the IHRA or an IHRA member-track will issue the ELITE license after three approved runs between 7.50 and 7.89 seconds. One warning will be issued if a competitor runs an elapsed time of 7.40 seconds or quicker or 90 mph or faster. If a competitor does this a second time at the same event, they will be disqualified from the event.
If a competitor runs 7.30 or quicker or 95 mph or faster, they will be disqualified for the remainder of the event and their license will be suspended for six months from the date of the infraction.
Any 16- or 17-year-old driver who does not meet the new vehicle safety requirements can continue to run with and dial within the Advanced or Master’s license levels as they are currently allowed to do.  The new ELITE license is simply a new option for competitors and our member tracks.

This program is the World Championship for IHRA member track Junior Dragster competitors. Summit Racing Equipment, the Official Mail Order Company of IHRA, sponsors this revolutionary program for IHRA junior racers.
Providing the base for the Summit SuperSeries Junior Dragster World Championship are the IHRA member tracks across the local regions and divisions.